Abigale Mupambi, the National Coordinator of the Civic Society and Churches Joint Forum has undertaken to pay school fees for two Shurugwi-based minors.
“I have contacted the family of the struggling two minors and committed to paying the children’s fees from this term onwards. I am going to settle this year’s fees with the school and pledge to continue doing so as long as I am capable,” Mupambi said.
The philanthropist Mupambi’s move follows a report by Mike Mandigora and Alvina Chiwanika on 10 April 2021 to the effect that the minors, one aged seven and another 9 from Ward 13, Masarirambi Village under Chief Nhema in Shurugwi were looking after and taking care of their mother who has been paralysed for the past four years.
They reported that it was heart-rending to see the seven-year-old girl bathing her mother. The nine-year-old could not be involved in the bathing of the mother because he is a boy.
The family is also reported to be in dire need of food. Unki Mine has at times sent the family some food hampers.
The two kids do part-time jobs in order to raise their fees.
The two kids carry their mother to their toilet. The family is also desperate for a wheelchair for the mother since she can’t walk on her own.
Sithembile Wangai (32) was paralysed in 2016. Her mother was nursing her since then but she passed on last year leaving the burden on the two minors.
“I suffered a stroke in 2016 and I was unable to walk since then. My seven-year-old daughter bathes me and her nine-year-old brother helps me to move around including carrying me to the toilet. I appeal for a wheelchair and food from well-wishers. I am also appealing for school fees for my kids who do part-time jobs to get what they need,” said Wangai.
Newton Mukunzwe, a youth from Ward 19 who recently visited the family and left them some food appealed for more well-wishers to support the family. “I brought some food but this is just a drop. I am pledging school uniforms and exercise books for the kids. There are other villagers who are also supporting family,” said Mukunzwe.
Well-wishers can contact Wangai on 0774485703